Workshop Resident Summer 2023
Cerissa DiValentino is an M.F.A. candidate at Boston University, where she has been named the Helen Deutsch Fellow for the 2023–24 academic year. She is the recipient of the 2022 Vincent Tomaselli Award in Creative Writing for Fiction and was named a semi-finalist for the 2021 American Short(er) Fiction Prize. She has been working on a novel that unearths the violent truths of girlhood and the complexity of mothers who choose to abandon their children. Additionally, she has been working on a short story collection that highlights the amorphous nature of queer vulnerability, wealth disparity amongst lovers, and sexual promiscuity as a vehicle for vital change. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Giving Room Mag—a literary magazine dedicated to prioritizing BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and women creatives. She has also previously interned with Bellevue Literary Press.